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Janet MaslinWhile Watchman is not up to the Rebus standard for curmudgeonly appeal, it is of at least academic interest to anyone wondering what it takes to make a winner. Mr. Rankin had some of the pieces in place here. And he knew how to move them around with vigor. He constructed a brisk if overpopulated espionage plot jolted by steady revelations and changes of pace. He also wrote in a variation of the sharp, canny narrative voice that offers entree to the serpentine workings of Rebus's mind.
—The New York Times